Tasting Notes- ‘Beyond Blue Nun, a new look at Germany’ presented by Rob Caswell, Solent Cellar Lymington, 22 May 2019

Rob Caswell from Solent Cellar, Lymington, brought along a selection of modern German wines. We were treated to a wide range of wine, from a stunning Sparkling wine, through the expected dry and off-dry whites, to a couple of reds and a lovely sweet wine to end the evening.


Oliver Zeter ‘Zero’ Grande Cuvee, Pfalz. 2010. A vintage sparkling wine, made in very small quantities. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. A mammoth 52 months in bottle before degorging, gives the brioche nose and flavour. No sugar after degorging (would be labelled Extra Brut if champagne). A lovely wine, hard to believe it’s from Germany and not a champagne!  £26 on offer, usually £32.

Walt Riesling, Pfalz, 2017. From a small producer this is his entry-level Riesling, off dry but limey and fruity, and very easy to drink the odd bucket. Young vines. 11.5%. £9.99

Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg QBA 2017. A mit-Mosel producer, and a much classier wine than previous, more complex flavours, orange on palate; quite rich. Again off dry, and 10.5%. £15.99

Oliver Zeter Nussriegel Riesling Trocken, Pfalz 2017. Older vines (planted 1986), wine is fermented in old oak which allows oxygen in but doesn’t add a lot of oak flavour.  £16.99

Oliver Zeter Sauvignon Blanc Fume 2017.  A Sauvignon Blanc, which is a relatively rare grape for Germany. Even so, this is made from 7 different areas of SB. Fermented in oak and spent a long time on the lees. Somewhat herbal, lovely deep richness. £22

Oliver Zeter Spatburgunder 2016.   15 year-old vines in sand. Pinot Noir but a variety with loose bunches, easier to ripen in a cool climate. The bunches are also de-stemmed to reduce ‘green’, unripe flavours. Impressive nose. 13%. £16.99.

Oliver Zeter Zahir 2014 A wildly unusual style for Germany- the Bordeaux grapes, Cab Sauv (25%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (45%), deep rich red and dark fruit flavours. Quite a mouthful and you would really not guess Germany here. £45

Oliver Zeter Goldschatz 375ml. A mix of grapes and vintages from1993 onwards. Lovely dessert wine. £28


Sally Harris